5th Blogiversary Celebrations + Giveaway (INT) (DRAWN)

I can’t say I even thought about doing this for five years when I started out. I don’t think I even thought how long I would be doing this for. I remember reading other people’s five-year posts when I have been in the game less than a year and marvelling at how long that was. Now, having reached that milestone myself, I can’t believe how time has flown.

My review style has changed in five years, my writing voice has changed in five years. I have certainly gotten into my own rhythm which took a few years to discover. I probably have felt better blogging this year than maybe in the last four. This wasn’t something I entirely noticed, but there was something I realised I was missing that I have had in past years; stress and guilt. I didn’t have any stress and didn’t have any guilt this past year. Not to the extremes I have had almost every past year at least. I seemed to have taken my 2017 goal of stressing less and relaxing about blogging to heart, even partially unconsciously.

In order to celebrate five years of blogging (and five years of rambling and gushing all over the interweb), I am offering a giveaway of some of my favourite books. The books I am giving away include my Top Five from last year, as well as a few of my favourite books I’ve read or reread in the last five years. One book I am excited to add to the list is Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A. S. King which has FINALLY been published in Australia (thank you Text Publishing!).  I have also included Becky Albertelli’s latest book, (at least until her new one comes out), The Upside of Unrequited, And I couldn’t not throw in Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones which is one of my all-time favourite YA books (don’t judge it by the movie, it’s a hilarious and delightful experience).

Since it’s a mini milestone of five years I am giving TWO lucky people the chance to win and once again I am opening it up internationally as long as The Book Depository ships to your country. If you want to check out the books in more detail I’ve included some links below, I have actually reviewed most of these so that’s a little bit of extra guidance.

I want to thank everyone for supporting me for all these years, who knows what will happen in the next five years but I am certainly excited to find out.

Good luck to all entrants and happy reading!


The Selection

La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust) by Philip Pullman

The Upside Of Unrequited by Becky Albertelli

The Martian by Andy Weir

Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson

Fight Like A Girl by Clementine Ford

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A. S. King

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

To enter: For a chance to win one of the pictured books simply enter here and complete the Rafflecopter form.

 Please note: This giveaway is international on the basis the Book Depository ships to your country. To see if you are eligible you can check their website.


Giveaway runs until midnight AEDT on 12th March 2018

Aussie Day Giveaway Winner!

Giveaway winners

A little bit more delayed than I planned but it’s time to announce the winner of my Australia Day giveaway! Thank you all who entered, I loved hearing about your favourite Aussie things.

I have drawn the winner using random.org and I am very pleased to announce that the winner is


The winner has been notified by email. Congratulations!


The Ceruleans Anniversary Celebrations

Over the years I have been lucky enough to be given copies of The Ceruleans series to read. I adore this series, and I included Death Wish into my Top 5 of 2015. This February marks two years since Charlotte Wilson – then writing under Megan Tayte – published the first book in the series and one year since the final book was published.

In honour of the occasion, she is having a celebration and offering a giveaway as well. Throughout the month she will be appearing on numerous book blogs where she will be sharing interviews, guest posts, and fun exciting things like extracts and even a new short story.

If you would like to follow Charlotte’s celebratory blog hopping journey, she will be sharing links to everything on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Charlotte is also giving fans a chance to celebrate by offering a giveaway and the chance to win ALL FIVE Ceruleans books, all paperback, and all with their brand new covers.



To enter, visit Charlotte’s blog post and follow the Rafflecopter prompts.

You can read more about Charlotte, her series, and her blog hopping ventures on her blog.








charlotte-wilsonAbout the Author

Facebook | Twitter

Google+ | Goodreads




Happy Australia Day + Giveaway!

Australia DayThe celebration of Australia Day is upon us; a time for relaxation, enjoying the sunshine and to hopefully scoff as many lammies as possible without getting judgement from those around us. To be honest, I am a little over the sunshine. We’ve had scorching heat here the past few weeks, the plants are dying, the grass is dying, and while I know I will upset a few people who had beach plans today, I’m enjoying the overcast morning right now. I had all these ideas in my head about what to post about this year but none of them felt right. In the end, I’ve decided to go all out and offer up this post in three parts: a poem, a shout out, and a giveaway.

The Poem

I want to share with you one of my favourite poems about Australia. It’s one that makes me feel all warm inside and one that I think will bring out the Aussie pride in all of us (in the good, non-violent, non-racist way). I first heard of this poem in 2006 when I caught a segment on Sunrise celebrating the 10th anniversary. I hunted down the poem immediately and printed a copy to put up on my desk. It’s been 11 years and it remains in its place, there for all to see alongside my favourite Jack Prelutsky poem.

The poem is by Rupert McCall as is called Green and Gold Malaria. Those more read in poetry or are a bit older than me may remember it. It was published in 1996 and is a quirky poem that celebrates Aussie pride and the great things about our nation and culture. As much as I like to think it is just a poem, some part of me gets emotional reading it and while it is a bit out of date it still makes me warm and fuzzy inside.

Green and Gold Malaria
by Rupert McCall

The day would soon arrive when I could not ignore the rash.
I was obviously ill and so I called on Doctor Nash.
This standard consultation would adjudicate my fate.
I walked into his surgery and gave it to him straight:
`Doc, I wonder if you might explain this allergy of mine,
I get these pins and needles running up and down my spine.
From there, across my body, I will suddenly extend –
My neck will feel a shiver and the hairs will stand on end.
And then there is the symptom that only a man can fear –
A choking in the throat, and the crying of a tear.’
Well, the Doctor scratched his melon with a rather worried look.
His furrowed brow suggested that the news to come was crook.
`What is it Doc?’ I motioned. `Have I got a rare disease?
I’m man enough to cop it sweet, so give it to me, please.’
`I’m not too sure,’ he answered, in a puzzled kind of way.
`You’ve got some kind of fever, but it’s hard for me to say.
When is it that you feel this most peculiar condition?’
I thought for just a moment, then I gave him my position:
`I get it when I’m standing in an Anzac Day parade,
And I get it when the anthem of our native land is played,
And I get it when Meninga makes a Kiwi-crunching run,
And when Border grits his teeth to score a really gutsy ton.
I got it back in ’91 when Farr-Jones held the Cup,
And I got it when Japan was stormed by Better Loosen Up.
I get it when Banjo takes me down the Snowy River,
And Matilda sends me waltzing with a billy-boiling shiver.
It hit me hard when Sydney was awarded the Games,
And I get it when I see our farmers fighting for their names.
It flattened me when Bertrand raised the boxing kangaroo,
And when Perkins smashed the record, well, the rashes were true blue.
So tell me, Doc,’ I questioned. `Am I really gonna die?’
He broke into a smile before he looked me in the eye.
As he fumbled with his stethoscope and pushed it out of reach,
He wiped away a tear and then he gave me this stirring speech:
`From the beaches here in Queensland to the sweeping shores of Broome,
On the Harbour banks of Sydney where the waratah’s in bloom.
From Uluru at sunset to the Mighty Tasman Sea,
In the Adelaide cathedrals, at the roaring MCG.
From the Great Australian Blight up to the Gulf of Carpentaria,
The medical profession call it “green and gold malaria”.
But forget about the text books, son, the truth I shouldn’t hide.
The rash that you’ve contracted here is “good old Aussie pride”.
I’m afraid that you were born with it and one thing is for sure –
You’ll die with it, young man, because there isn’t and cure.’

The Shoutout

I know this post is already long with the poem, but as a little extra bonus this year I’m also sharing some of my favourite Aussie book bloggers. In past years there has been an Aussie Blog Hop to unite the Aussie blogging world and to celebrate each other, and while this isn’t the case this year, I still wanted to share with you some of my favourite Aussie bloggers right now to spread the love. If you have a favourite Aussie blogger let me know in the comments, I follow so many blogs but I can always follow more!

The Loony Literate

I found Emily when I sent out a call a few years ago for new blogs to follow and Emily shot up her hand. Since then I have been an avid follower on all the platforms and I love getting her posts in my inbox and following her on Twitter and Instagram.

Reasons to follow Emily:

  • Her blog posts are fun and informative; she posts reviews, discussions, and has variety in what she writes about
  • Her bookstagram is mind blowingly amazing and she includes pictures in her reviews so there’s that to enjoy as well
  • Her blog design is gorgeous
  • Her cats are adorable
  • She is writing a retelling of Alice in Wonderland and judging by the snippets she shares on Twitter, it is amazing and I want to read it right now
  • Is the @AusYABlog mod which is also awesome

Twitter | Instagram | Website

The Never Ending Book Shelf

I’ll admit, I may be 101% biased about this because Jess is my best friend, however, I also am objective enough to realise that she is also an amazing blogger. Jess started her blog around the same time I did and in that time she has done some amazing things because of it.

Reasons to follow Jess:

  • She reads widely and covers a lot of genres in her reviews
  • Her reviews are thorough, thoughtful, a balance of emotion and reasoning about what worked and what didn’t
  • She has great blog features and keeps coming up with new and wonderful ideas to celebrate books and share things book related
  • Her passion about books is incredible and her support of Aussie authors knows no bounds.
  • Her bookstagram pictures are also beautiful and very stylish and creative

Twitter | Instagram | Website

Paper Fury

I can’t recall exactly how I found Cait, but I’d say it was probably through a YA Twitter chat of some kind, or in the replies to another person I follow on Twitter. Either way, very good decision.

Reasons to follow Cait:

  • Her reviews and posts are so creative, she writes mini reviews, themed reviews, and has posts about writing and reading and all kinds of cool things
  • I like the layout of her reviews as well, it’s different than what I’m used to but it totally works
  • Her Bookstagram is incredible
  • She has a writing meme called Beautiful People which is so cool where writers can interview their own characters

Twitter | Instagram | Website

I could go on but I won’t, check out my sidebar which has more great blogs. I may need to do a whole post about this because there are some great blogs out there and if I keep going I’ll never stop.

The Giveaway

At last, the end is near. I will make this short and sweet. I am giving ONE lucky person the chance to win a book of their choice by some of my favourite Aussie authors.


To enter: Leave a comment on this blog about something Australian you love – your favourite author, favourite blogger, favourite past time, food, tv show, anything!

This is open to Australian residents only.

Entries close 11:59pm 2nd February, 2017





4th Blogiversary Celebrations + Giveaway! (INT)

2yr AnniversaryAs I celebrate my fourth year of blogging I cannot believe how fast the time has gone. When I look back at previous posts I am amazed at the books I have read, astounded by all the support I’ve received, and, to be honest, a little embarrassed when I read older posts. But we were young, inexperienced, we thought we sounded cool and grown up at the time but now a few of those earlier posts could do with some more editing and sophistication and less…stream of conscious and randomness.

But of course the other side of that is I have loved seeing how I’ve grown over the years. My reviewing has become refined and more structured, I’ve worked out my style and my voice, and while I am still really settling into a good rhythm, I am getting closer every day. I saw a wonderful tweet from Jean at Happy Indulgence Books that expressed this beautifully.

I think that as I enter my fifth year of blogging I am getting to the stage where I am doing it my way. Last year was my stressfully year, probably the year before in part, but I’m finally at a point where I can see what I am doing and be content. Having said that, I know full well there will be times this year when I am stressed, the beginning of the year always brings such hope and promise. But one of my goals for the year was not to worry so much about blogging. I started this to enjoy it, to love sharing my thoughts on books and I am determined to keep doing that.

Part of enjoying the experience is getting to share great books with you guys! It is customary to celebrate this milestone with a giveaway to all my fantastic followers and readers who have stuck by me for the years of random posts and weeks and months of absence for some reason or another. This year I have selected a handful of my favourite books from the previous year. A few have missed out because The Book Depository doesn’t have them so a few proper favourites missed out which is a shame. Either way, the eight I have chosen were some of my favourites and cover a range of genres so there should be something for everyone.

I am giving ONE lucky person the chance to win and I am opening it up internationally. If you want to check out the books in more detail I’ve included some links below. I wish I had been able to review more because I want to tell you how amazing these books are, but it hasn’t happened yet unfortunately.

Thank you again for supporting me for all these years and I look forward to doing this for many more years. Good luck to all entrants and happy reading!



The Selection

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertelli

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta

Yellow by Megan Johnson – Review

The Midnight Watch by David Dyer

The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis – Review

Time and Time Again by Ben Elton

To enter: For a chance to win one of the pictured books simply enter here and complete the Rafflecopter form.

 Please note: This giveaway is international on the basis the Book Depository ships to your country. To see if you are eligible you can check their website.


Giveaway runs until midnight AEDT on 23rd February 2017

Previous Older Entries Next Newer Entries